Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.
- Toni Morrison, writer and winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature
- Kim Fabricius, from his book, Propositions on Christian Theology: A Pilgrim Walks the Plank
I have not the courage to search through books for beautiful prayers ... Unable either to say them all or choose between them, I do as a child would do who cannot read -- I say just what I want to say to God, quite simply, and [God] never fails to understand.
- Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, French Carmelite nun, canonized in 1925
[We] must begin to see our houses, buildings, farms, businesses, energy technologies, transportation, landscapes, and communities in much the same way that we regard classrooms. In fact, they instruct us in more fundamental ways because they structure what we see, how we move, what we eat, our sense of time and space, how we relate to each other, our sense of security, and how we experience the particular places in which we live.
The Nature of Design
When we think about laying down a life for another we usually think in terms of a singular event. But it is possible for us to lay down our lives over the course of a lifetime, minute by minute and day by day. And it is the work of the Spirit to empower us as we seek to lose ourselves in acts of lovingkindness and sacrificial living.
- Elaine Puckett, professor at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia
"Come and see" was the pedagogy of Jesus. The truest learning is incarnational; we learn the deepest lessons looking "over the shoulder" and "through the heart," seeing that a worldview can become a way of life.
It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities and one which makes many terrible mistakes: yet, with all that, God ... gloried in becoming a member of the human race.
- Thomas Merton, from A Book of Hours
- Kenneth Miller, Professor of Biology at Brown University, on why he thinks science and faith are compatible